ChromeVox, Google’s accessibility screen reader suite for Chrome OS has received a major update. The new version, temporarily named “ChromeVox Next” is now part of Chrome OS version 56.
The old version will be called ChromeVox Classic, and eventually, this will go away and the ChromeVox Next will take its place as “ChromeVox”. The new name was added to avoid confusion. Next comes with plenty of new features and also a lot of changes to the way users interact with ChromeVox. This includes changes in keyboard shortcuts.
In Google’s own words:
We’ve made big changes to the Chrome OS screen reader known as “ChromeVox.” ChromeVox comes built-in with every Chromebook, and These changes are the result of important feedback from our ChromeVox users (and other lessons learned over the years). For now, the older version, now called “ChromeVox Classic” (“Classic” for short), will still be available, but because we’re so sure you’ll like this new experience, it won’t be for too long.
The team has also released a very detailed video explaining the new features, complete with demos.
Find more about ChromeVox Next here.